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Wednesday May 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been pushing California to establish what he calls “single payer” health care. This is a misnomer for several reasons, particularly on the issue of cost. As legislators recently learned, the price tag is $400 billion a year to cover all health and administrative costs, twice...
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President Trump’s “Fat” Budget Proposal Arrives


Tuesday May 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

It’s here! After months of anticipation following March release of President Trump’s “skinny” budget proposal (cover pictured on the right), the president’s “fat” budget proposal is being released today. Bloomberg summarizes the main features that define President Trump’s first full budget proposal. President Donald Trump would dramatically reduce the U.S. government’s role in society...
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Pentagon Slush Funds Waste Billions


Monday May 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Donald Trump has decried the “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, and proclaimed “we’re going to get it.” When it comes to the Pentagon, that is going to be a tough task. As we noted late last year, the Pentagon buried an internal study exposing $125 billion in administrative waste....
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Feds Take Defaulting Student Loan Borrowers to Court


Monday May 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

What happens to Americans who have taken out student loans from the U.S. government, but aren’t able to pay them back? Increasingly, the U.S. government is taking them to court to get its money back. National Public Radio’s Bobby Allyn reports on a relatively new policy that the U.S. Department of Education put into...
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UC Regents Reinforce the Rot


Friday May 19th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:27pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, University of California president Janet Napolitano has been beating the drum for tuition hikes while maintaining a secret slush fund of $175 million, California’s state auditor recently revealed. As Republican assemblyman Dante Acosta pointed out, Napolitano’s office spent the hidden money “on things such as administrator bonuses and renovating the homes...
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Connecticut’s Collapsing Credit Rating


Thursday May 18th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:09am PDT   •   0 Comments

The state of Connecticut’s fiscal outlook took a sharp turn for the worse this week. Following the state’s sharp plunge in income tax revenues earlier this month, which prompted the state to completely drain its rainy day fund and to modestly cut the state government’s budget, the state’s growing debt burden and pension liabilities...
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Government Bullies Get Bookish


Tuesday May 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last December, California governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1570, authored by former Republican assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang. Chang’s measure alters the state’s “autograph law,” formerly limited to sports memorabilia, to include any signed item worth more than $5, including books. As Anastasia Bolden of the Pacific Legal Foundation notes, this makes it “extremely risky,...
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Government Takeover Will Not Solve California’s Housing Crisis


Monday May 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

As anybody looking for a house or apartment can easily verify, California is in the throes of a housing crisis. In Oroville, for example, many low-income residents live in 1960s-vintage housing built for dam construction workers. Across the state, home ownership rates are the lowest since the 1940s and according to California’s Housing Future:...
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Who Owns the U.S. National Debt?


Monday May 15th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PDT   •   0 Comments

As of May 11, 2017, the total public debt outstanding of the U.S. government exceeds $19.8 trillion. Political Calculations provides a summary of the major interests to whom the U.S. owes all that money, as of the end of the U.S. government’s 2016 fiscal year on September 30, 2016, when the national debt total...
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The Firing Next Time?


Friday May 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:30pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Everybody’s talking about President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, and some consider the dismissal improper. On the other hand, as Michael Corleone might say, “Where does it say you can’t fire the head of the FBI? I am talking about an FBI boss who overstepped his authority, who got mixed up in...
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